Hints From Heloise: Skip the powder for carpets

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They can contain chemicals and perfumes that could affect your health.
Carpet room deodorizers can freshen the carpet and the room, but be judicious with them. This may be a case where less is more.

P.S. One fun, safe and effective carpet deodorizer this time of year? Making "Santa's Footprints" — a trail of baking soda drizzled over the cutout of a boot, showing the big guy's path from the chimney to the tree to deliver gifts, and back again. Vacuum up before brunch.

Would you like more Baking Soda Hints, Helps and Hacks? It's easy. I've compiled my favorites into a handy pamphlet. Visit Heloise.com to order, or send a long stamped (70 cents) envelope along with $5 to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Look for large boxes of baking soda in the laundry aisle, for even more savings. Baking soda is a workhorse in the home. Nontoxic, safe, cheap and readily available, I keep boxes on…
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